Just before Ed Sheeran dropped his latest album ÷ (pronounced, Divide), he had been on a year-long hiatus from music and the public eye. In an upcoming appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Sheeran revealed that he struggled with substance abuse and his hiatus was vital for his recovery.
According to People.com, Sheeran told host Jonathan Ross that his sudden leap into fame came with dark consequences.
The singer candidly admitted that he needed to take a year to reevaluate what he wanted out of this new life. In that year, Sheeran found that focusing on his work and time spent with his girlfriend, Cherry Seaborn, pulled him out of his rut.
Sheeran credits his becoming more grounded to living with Seaborn. He believes that she helps to balance out his hectic musician lifestyle.
Being open about this topic takes bravery, and we’re so glad that Sheeran seems to be doing better. He’s currently touring, although his Asia tour dates have been postponed due to a broken arm.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, don’t hesitate to call the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).